How to Register for Free (Public) Medical Care in Mexico

On a recent Monday, I was scheduled for a 9:00AM appointment at the CAISES clinic on Calle Arcoiris in Fraccionamiento La Lejona, the one with the bright blue gates behind La Comer supermarket. (CAISES stands for Centro de Atención Integral en Servicios Esenciales de Salud, or  Comprehensive Care Center in Essential Health Services). We don’t…

Guanajuato plates? Pay your road tax by March 31 (2-wheelers, too).

Everyone with Guanajuato license plates on any type of vehicle must pay the refrendo, or Mexican road tax, by March 31st, whether you receive a notice or not. Here’s how to pay online, in a series of screen shots. Don’t blow this off! You’ll be fined, and that’s no fun. Need more help? Put your…

Three cheap chardonnays from La Comer: a wine tasting and review

Because of the pandemic protocols and the reduction in our income (pandemic-related), we rarely go out to eat any more, and we don’t buy anything that’s not absolutely necessary.  Except wine.  And when I say “we” buy wine, I mean me. My partner Aarón doesn’t drink. So out of guilt for indulging in luxury during…

Karaoke Workshop for Beginners happening June 2019!

If you’ve always wanted to get up and sing on karaoke night but need a little nudge, now’s your chance! When I moved from Minneapolis to San Miguel de Allende in 2008, I didn’t know anyone here and I didn’t speak Spanish. So I started going to karaoke three or four nights a week. Occasionally…

San Miguel Wineries

Permission requested from smawines.com and they haven’t responded. I’ll keep trying as I do respect copyright, but cannot imagine they’d say no to my reprinting this article! San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato, Mexico is considered one of the top travel destinations in the world, and for a good reason. From its Colonial architecture, stunning…

Don’t send these items to Mexico. Buy them here instead.

Recently I ordered my favorite perfume from Amazon.com in the U.S. and had it delivered to my parents’ house, asking them to repackage and send it to me in Mexico. But they couldn’t, of course, because it’s a liquid, and you can’t send liquids through international mail. Not even if they’re medications. Then I looked…

Rolling with the punches

I belong to a Facebook group called “Living in Mexico Like the Locals” and when the administrator asked group members to name the greatest challenge they faced as newcomers to Mexico, I couldn’t stop writing about my #1 challenge: surviving an abusive relationship with a Mexican man. You’ll find the text of the story below….

Any time is the right time to visit San Miguel de Allende

During the past few days, as I’ve posted a few hundred photos of Día de los Muertos festivities and karaoke and everyday life on my Facebook page, I’ve received a flurry of emails and private messages asking, “So Day of the Dead is the best time to visit San Miguel de Allende? Maybe I/we will…

Tourist visa vs. resident visa

Recently on the Facebook page Move to Mexico, someone posted a question about overstaying the 180-day limit on their tourist (FMM) visa, and one of the answers included a link to this helpful article: Your Mexico Visitors Permit, FMM, published July 10, 2017. If you plan to drive in as a tourist, read this, too:…

Lifelong Learning in San Miguel

As an American living in Mexico, I learn something new every day just by walking around and breathing. It’s a benefit of settling on foreign soil, especially when the language of the land is not one’s mother tongue. Still, there’s a thrill in taking classes in English, in drinking in the words and perspectives of…

The origins of Karaoke Annie

Before I moved to Mexico, I had a karaoke machine in my basement and it was an instant party-maker any time friends came over. I brought the machine with me to Mexico in 2008 and by 2009 I was hosting private parties and charity events. In 2010 I got my first regular gig at a…